Operations Management Trainee – East

Full Time
Posted 4 years ago
Canadian Pacific 194 reviewsCanada
The purpose of the CP Operations Management Trainee program is to find the right individual with the right leadership mindset and experience to take on leadership roles. We will expose the trainee to various operational and support groups to learn various aspects of the business by moving through the organization, and taking on progressively more responsibility. Your career will start with a 6 month, fully paid training program. Upon completion the individual will be prepared for their initial challenging and exciting front-line management position in one of the key business functions – Train & Engine (T&E); Engineering Services (ES); or Mechanical.

The program begins with a two to three week introduction to CP and Program Overview. During this time, the Management Trainees will receive an in-depth company overview, begin working with a chosen mentor, begin leadership training and interact with key company leaders and executives. Following this period, the Trainee will complete four to six weeks of Operations Immersion; completing Manager Conductor Training and spending time in the field with various leaders across the network. The management trainee will then begin field placement in T&E, ES or Mechanical, to develop understanding and linkages to other key areas of the business. Prior to graduation in the program, the trainee will work with peers and managers from other departments on continuous improvement projects both as a participant and as a leader. As well, reinforcement of leadership skills and CP’s leadership training will be completed prior to the final step and presentation of an offer for a supervisory position.

The overall objective is to have the trainee, using the experiences and education they bring to the trainee position, learn best practices in leadership, railroading, management of railroad terminal operations; work on specific continuous improvement projects; manage both union and non-union employees and prepare for a successful career in management starting with a supervisory position in Operations.


  • Maintain a positive attitude and approach to learning; demonstrating quick application of those learnings;
  • Complete orientation with employees and supervisors, as well as performing supervisor duties;
  • Undertake training in orientation into safety, leadership, railroad operating systems and applications;
  • Complete the required technical training;
  • Job shadow and project participation with other Departments/Groups, and leaders from Operations, Mechanical, and Engineering;
  • Receive feedback from mentor and various managers throughout the program to ensure successful outcome;
  • Conduct active, ongoing review of feedback; review of learnings and application of those learnings;
  • Performing projects assigned by the SVP of Operations.


  • Completion of post-secondary education is preferred;
  • Previous supervisory experience in heavy industry (transportation, logistics, supply chain management, military, airlines, mining, manufacturing, etc.) considered an asset;
  • Engineering candidates must have strong leadership skills, an ability and desire to work in the field and lead a diverse group of unionized employees, an Engineering degree is preferred;
  • Proven interpersonal skills and motivation to lead others is required;
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License;
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills;
  • Act as a positive role model in a group; work effectively with others;
  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner;
  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations;
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays;
  • Ability to relocate within the CP network to start and/or upon career progression and/or business need.


Program location will take place throughout Eastern Canada (Winnipeg to Montreal).


RELOCATION MAY BE REQUIRED for final placement in a managerial position for the successful management trainee. The candidate can be relocated to any location across the CP system.


CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public. This position is considered a safety critical position ; all new hires will be required to complete a pre-employment medical evaluation that includes a vision, hearing, drug screening and pre-employment physical.


  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy


The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You will be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.

CP is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”).

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